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The Institute

In 1984, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History was founded in Peterson’s hometown of Jamestown, New York, as an educational institution charged with preserving Peterson’s lifetime body of work and making it available to the world for educational purposes. RTPI holds a Permanent Charter from the New York State Education Department and is a 501(c)(3) institution located at 311 Curtis St.

Mission

The mission of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute is to honor and continue the work of Roger Tory Peterson to foster understanding, appreciation and protection of the natural world.  Our motto: Learn it, love it, protect it!

Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson was the pre-eminent American naturalist who illustrated and chronicled the natural world to the public in the 20th century. Over a long career that began with nature study in the seventh grade in Jamestown, New York, he observed, recorded and published for lay audiences the incredible beauty and diversity of plants and animals from North America and around the world.

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Bald Eagle in Florida

Twan took this shot of an immature Bald Eagle in flight in Florida, the bird spending...

Snowy Shadows in the Sun

The shadows cast by these trees are changing every day as the sun rises in the sky....

Another HWA Survey

Don’t forget our Hemlock Woolly Adelgid surveys, with another coming up tomorrow Friday,...

Forest Pest Project Continues

As National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) continues, we are continuing to work...

Snowy Akeley Trail

This is a very snowy trail at the Akeley Swamp Important Bird Area in Warren County,...

Crimson-backed Tanager (Ramphocelus dimidiatus)

The Crimson-backed Tanager (Ramphocelus dimidiatus), or as the Panamanians call it...

Mathew Tekulsky’s “The Art of Backyard Bird Photography”

There are only a couple more weeks to come enjoy RTPI’s current exhibit featuring...

White-whiskered Puffbird (Malacoptila panamensis)

The White-whiskered Puffbird (Malacoptila panamensis) is a predator that sits and waits...

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)

As we remain stuck in the heart of this constant winter weather, with more record lows...

Kick Off For NISAW

Happy National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW)! As events are taking place...

Aegina numberwing (Callicore lyca)

It feels like it has been years since we have had butterflies on the wing here in the...

Eastern Bluebird

Some people are lucky enough to have Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) spend the winter...

This Week – Insects and the Diseases They Can Cause

“Insects and the Diseases They Can Cause” Jamie Haight from the New York State Health...

Greater Mastiff Bats (Eumops perotis)

Our crew caught a few Greater Mastiff Bats (Eumops perotis) while in Panama at the...